Flight School for a person who wears glasses?

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    What are the vision requirements to fly for the United States Coast Guard? I wear glasses, and while my right eye is 20/30, my left eye is really bad (it's a lazy eye). When I took DoDMERB the doctor said I had a good lazy eye, as far as lazy eyes go...I do have great depth perception,though...So, would I be able to fly at all? Is PRK possible? Is it possible to get flight school straight out of the Academy? Does your major matter in determining that? Any information, input, advice, or insights would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    a "lazy eye" and a bad eye are two completely different things with different standards. I don't know the CG standards as well as I do Navy ones, but here's the applicable portion for you:

    The important part for a true lazy eye is "k. Oculomotor Balance"
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Does that mean visual acuity does not have to be 20/20 uncorrected? As long as it doesn't exceed 20/200? Or does that just depend on the air frame of the aircraft(i.e. jets, helos)?
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    apparently for coast guard you only need to be better than 20/200 uncorrected for Class 1 (aka pilot) standards. I think the bigger issue for you may be the eso/exophoria's which are what measure "lazy eyes". Unfortunately no easy way to measure this except in the office.
     
  5. BR2011

    BR2011 USAFA Cadet

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    the acuity standards are 20/50 far, 20/20 near. anything else needs to be corrected with PRK (although Lasik may be acceptable soon). i dont know about any other eye problems like a lazy eye though.
     
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    Objee USCGA Admissions

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    The Academy is currently sending between 10-15% of the graduating class directly to flight school...your academic performance (more than actual major) is a significant factor in selection. Standards are below...

    FIGURE 3-C-3
    MINIMUM DISTANT VISUAL ACUITY REQUIREMENTS
    CATEGORY VISION
    A. Aviation Personnel: Uncorrected Corrected
    1. Candidates for Flight Training 20/50 20/20
    2. Pilot, Class 20/200 20/20
    3. Pilot, Class 1R (as waivered) 20/20
    4. Designated Flight Officer 20/400 20/20
    5. Flight Surgeon,
    Aviation Medical Examiner or
    Aviation MEDEVAC Specialist 20/400 20/20
    6. Candidate for Aircrew 20/100 20/20
    7. Designated Aircrew 20/200 20/20
    8. Landing Signal Officer (LSO) 20/200 20/20
    9. Air Traffic Controller Candidate 20/100 20/20
    10.Designated Air Traffic Controller 20/200 20/20
    B. Officers (Note 1):
    1. Commissioned or Warrant in the 20/400 20/20
    USCG or USCGR
    2. Appt in the USCG of Licensed 20/400 20/20
    Officers of the Merchant Marine
    3. Direct Commission in the USCGR 20/400 20/20
    4. Appointment as Cadet 20/400 20/20
    5. Precommissioning of Cadets 20/400 20/20
    6. OCS Candidates 20/400 20/20
    7. Precommissioning of Officer 20/400 20/20
    Candidates
    8. Diving Candidates 20/100 20/20
    9. Designated Diver 20/200 20/20
    C. Enlisted Personnel:
    1. Enlistment in the USCG or USCGR See 3.D.9 (Note 2)
    2. Diving Candidates (Note 3) 20/20
    3. Designated Diver (Note 3) 20/20
    Notes:
    1. Refractive error does not exceed plus or minus 8.0 diopters spherical equivalent (sphere + 1/2 cylinder) and that astigmatism does not exceed 3.00 diopters and anisometropia does not exceed 3.50 diopters.
    2. Corrected vision shall be 20/40 in the better eye and 20/70 in the other or 20/30 in the better eye and 20/100 in the other, or 20/20 in the better and 20/400 in the other. (Note that near visual acuity must correct to at least 20/40 in the better eye.) Refractive error does not exceed plus or minus 8.00 diopters spherical equivalent (sphere + 1/2 cylinder) and ordinary spectacles do not cause discomfort by reason of ghost images, prismatic displacement, etc.; error must not have been corrected by
    orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery.
    3. 20/100 in the better eye and 20/200 in the worse eye.
    Chapter 3. C. Page 41
    CH-1
     

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